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12.09.14 V. Vale RE/Search Publications

“I look at books not as books, but as conversations.”

Editor, interviewer-writer, graphic designer, historian, photographer and pianist V. Vale (US) will treat us to an evening of stories and converstions on his pubishing activities since 1977. In his chosen role as amateur anthropologist in the Bay Area of San Fransisco, he covered cult luminaries like William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, George Kuchar, Timothy Leary, DNA, Lydia Lunch, Genesis P. Orridge, David Lynch, Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, Television, Siouxsie Sioux, Suicide, SRL, Sun Ra, John Waters… Vale will bring a good selection of his books as food for conversation.

Friday September 12th
7 – 10 pm
Talk starts at 7.30, drinks & music (Vale’s cassette tapes) at 9 pm

As publisher-editor of the 1977-79 zine SEARCH & DESTROY, V. Vale helped bring international attention to the San Francisco punk rock scene. The publication was launched with $100 each from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and published at City Lights Bookstore, where Vale worked at the time. For Vale, Punk provided a launching pad for a host of cultural-anthropological explorations, including Industrial music, the writings of J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs, feminism, pranksterism, studies of The Body, plus “Incredibly Strange” filmmaking and music, which he has chronicled with the RE/SEARCH series of publications that he founded in 1980.w-vvale-front

All 11 issues of Search and Destroy and most of the books he’s helped compile for RE/Search Publications, are in a Q&A format; a format he said was inspired by Warhol’s then-nascent Interview magazine, which Vale greatly admired. He even copied the magazine’s design for his first Search & Destroy.
For Vale the interview format was the most direct and unpretentious way to communicate ideas. He wanted primary-source documentation because he knew that would be quoted for years to come.

Now lauded as an invaluable document of early punk and a graphic design rule-breaker (“We’d do a layout meeting: ‘Here’s the text. Here are the pictures. Your job is to make this interview as rad as you can’”), Search and Destroy also became a way for Vale to make critical connections between the work and thoughts generated by punk groups and those formulated by artists in other media, as interviews with Vale’s mentors Ballard and Burroughs made their way into the zine.

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Besides a selection of his Re/Search publications, for PrintRoom especially Vale will bring editions of Vile magazine, a parody of Life magazine and responding to A.A. Bronson’s File magazine.

“I learned long ago that reading is not a passive process. I like to mark up my books. My books are heavily interacted with. I look at books not as books, but as conversations.”

V. Vale’s “I look at books not as books, but as conversations” is part of “Tour & Destroy”—a European tour of speaking engagements by V. Vale, organised by Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp. We would like to thank Chris Fitzpatrick for organising the tour, Christian Greer, Florian Cramer, Ronald Cornelissen and Paul van den Hout. Poster design by Loes Verstappen.

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PrintRoom is closed for the summer from 26 July until August 30

29 June 2014: Launch of ‘A Decade of Country Hits: art on the rural frontier’

Join us for an intimate gathering to launch A Decade of Country Hits: art on the rural frontier, edited by Margo Handwerker and Richard Saxton, published by Jap Sam Books.
A sunday afternoon with readings, a musical performance, film and slide presentations by artists Richard Saxton and Stuart Hyatt (M12 Collective)and Wapke Feenstra (Myvillages).

Sunday 29 June, 3 – 5 pm at PrintRoom  
Schietbaanstraat 17, Rotterdam, NL

Doors open at 3, presentation starts at 3.30 pm

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Edited by: Margo Handwerker and Richard Saxton
Featuring works by: Richard Saxton, the municipalWORKSHOP, and the M12 Collective
Graphic design: Peter de Kan/545 pages/softcover/English/23.5 x 17 cm/ISBN 987-94-90322-40-3/ € 35
Publisher: Jap Sam Books

Special launch price: 30 euro

 

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Art has its Billboard charts. They focus mostly on artists and exhibitions in urban centers. A Decade of Country Hits is devoted to uncharted hits thriving instead on rural aesthetics and rural knowledge. This richly illustrated volume documents ten years of collective works initiated by artist Richard Saxton in rural communities around the world, from the American Midwest and Southwest to parts of Europe, Australia, and South America. Impossible to attribute to any one artistic genre, the works archived here explore a growing community of artists and researchers drawn to the rural experience in all its complexity. It resembles a sketchbook: with drawings, photographs, and from the hip accounts in the field, as well as contributions from likeminded artists, musicians, poets, and writers.
A Decade of Country Hits includes an international roster of contributors. It contains interviews with Todd Bockley, co-director of the Center for Social Sculpture; Twink Metzler, founder of Living Room Studios; architectural historian Robert Nauman; and Wapke Feenstra, artist and co-founder of Myvillages. Featured throughout are new collaborations with Zach Boddicker, singer and songwriter for 4H Royalty; Kurt Wagner, singer and songwriter for Lambchop; and Matthew Fluharty, director of Art of the Rural. Providing context for the work are essays by artist Stuart Hyatt, founder of TEAM Records; as well as essays by critics and writers Josh Garrett-Davis, author of Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains; Mimi Zeiger, author of New Museums: Contemporary Museum Architecture Around the World, Tiny Houses, and Micro Green; and Enrique Ramirez, whose writing has appeared in Perspecta, Thresholds, AA Files, and elsewhere. In addition are essays by award-winning artists Marjetica Potrč, Chris Sauter, and Fernando García-Dory, founder of A Shepherds School; as well as essays by curators, Ian Hunter, director of the LITTORAL Arts Trust; Marco Marcon, co-founder of International Art Space, and Kirsten Stoltz, programming director of the M12 Collective. The M12 Collective’s recent exhibitions and commissioned works have appeared at the Kalmar Konstmuseum; the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale; the Chicago Cultural Center, Franklin Street Works; the Wormfarm Institute; the 2011 Australian Biennial spaced: art out of place; and the 2010 Biennial of the Americas.

21 – 25 May 2014: PrintRoom at Kunstvlaai, festival for independent art(ist) run initiatives, Amsterdam

PrintRoom joins the Kunstvlaai 2014!

Kunstvlaai is a multi-day celebration of art(ist-run) initiatives. Every two years, Kunstvlaai provides initiatives a platform to meet, discuss, and exchange ideas. This tenth edition takes place in the Amstelpark, an extensive park in Amsterdam. Critical engagement with space and alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats are central for Kunstvlaai 2014, corresponding to its unconventional location.’ (Kunstvlaai 2014)

PrintRoom produces a new edition of Parazine; an occasional
publication focusing on the different aspects of publishing. It is
called ‘Parazine’ as it is distributed as an insert in art
related publications (magazines, catalogues) at local book stores,
kiosks and museum shops.
The Title is Publishing: the Format -Poster, Broadsheet, Zine with contributions by three Dutch artists who are active in the international publishing scene: Ruth van BeekSigrid Calon and Erik van der Weijde.

We present a selection of our shop at the pop-up bookshop  and we’ll join the Spaces in Dialogue programme on Friday 23 May at 2:

The Different Manifestations of the Initiative:
Various initiatives do not only consist of an exhibition space, but also function as a publishing house, as a sales point for editions, as a studio complex etc. Moderator: Jesse van Winden
initiatives: Onomatopee, PrintRoom, San Serriffe, deSERVICEGARAGE, Wilson Project Space

 

24 and 25 May 2014: ZINE CAMP @ WORM and PrintRoom

On the weekend of 24-25th May, WORM, PrintRoom and ReKult present Zine Camp, an open workspace connecting like-minded zinesters and newbies from Rotterdam to their national and international peers. (http://zinecamp.hotglue.me/ text by Eyesberg)

PrintRoom presents a variety of zine-collections with material from different zine-scenes, contemporary as well as historical and a panel discussion with the collectors. On both days people are invited to make their own zines during workshops hosted by Chantal Rens and Basje Boer, and by the PrintRoom team.

For this occasion Enrique Arriaga, curator at Museo del Chopo made a selection from the  ‘Fanzinoteca’ collection of the museum.
Christian Greer, Ph.D researcher and lecturer at UvA presents a selection of his American anarcho-esoteric underground zines from the ’60’s ’70’s and ’80’s.
Florian Cramer, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and program curator at WORM, made a selection from his Neoist zine collection from the ’80′s and ’90′s, from the UK and Us.
Next to these private collections, we’ll make space for the zines we’ve been collecting over the years at art book fairs in New York, Mexico and at other occasions.

PrintRoom wishes to thank Serge Onnen for connecting us to Enrique in Mexico and for co-selecting zines for the exhibition.

PrintRoom is open on Saturday 24 May from 12 – 6 pm and on Sunday 25 May from 2 – 6 pm.

The Zine Collections exhibition runs until 21 June 2014.

Saturday from 7 – 9 pm at WORM: conversation and talks by Enrique Arriaga (via Skype), Christian Greer and Florian Cramer.

Workshops:

Saturday 3 – 6 pm:
Risography workshop by the PrintRoom team.
This workshop will introduce you to basic stencil printing and zine production.
Each participant will produce their own edition of an A5 16 page (or smaller) zine. You can work on a prepared project or improvise and collaborate.
Please register at info@printroom.org
Costs: 30€ (materials included)

Sunday 2 – 5 pm

ZINE ONE : INSERT TEXT HERE by Basje Boer & Chantal Rens
Artist Chantal Rens and writer Basje Boer, who both flirt with the absurd on a regular basis, have extensive experience with do-it-yourself publishing. During this workshop they will combine practical tips on how to put together a zine with stimulating ideas on imaginative content, the main question being: How do you combine text with images? What playful or innovative ways can we think up to do this?

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Christian Greer began making zine in his early twenties with a series of immense travelogues that he worked on collaboratively with two other college students. In his mid-twenties, he began producing issues of a nameless eight-page zine that featured a photograph of hands in the shape of mudras, symbols, geometric shapes, etc., which acquired the name “sign language”. He collaborated with Ilyn Wong and Sterling Hall on this nameless zine. Now, in addition to putting out a zine entitled “Journal for the Study of Horseplay, Hijinx, and Tomfoolery,” he is conducting PhD research on the intersection of anarchism and occultism in the 1980s North American zine scene.

“zine collection: The number one issue concerning zines is that researchers simply do not know what they do not know! As a zine archivist friend of mine once quipped, “zines represent an entirely undiscovered continent of material culture”. As such, the hardest part of collecting is knowing what it is I am looking for. Although, considering the rarity of esoteric anarchist, or anarchist esotericist zines, I tend to collect somewhat relevant I can get my hands on. I especially focus on zines produced or that feature writers like Hakim Bey (Peter Lamborn Wilson), Bob Black, and Mike Gunderloy.” (C.G)

Artist Chantal Rens (1981) creates playful, childlike collages, photography and textiles, among other media. She also has a large experience in self-publishing. Her latest artist’s book/zine Kanada contains a collection of collages. In many of her works she appropriates the aesthetics of nostalgia as a disguise for her very contemporary imagery.
Her collages all share an unusual, slightly magical, slightly spastic, slightly menacing quality, as if they were put together by a brilliant but mildly distracted 3rd grader with asocial tendencies. This childlike naturalness of style provides a refreshing counterbalance to Rens’ essentially hardcore surrealistic imagery. Every collage seems governed by an unsettling, vaguely shocking, but nevertheless just barely emotionally decipherable dream logic.
​S​he reuses, arranges, cuts, tears and piles her pictures on top of one another. This results in collages that are illusive, funny, obscene, mysterious, playful and cool. All at the same time.  
The main force of these distortions? Our vague recollection of the indivisible remainder. As with any masquerade, the frustration is in the visual obstruction. We are left with a blind spot but what we get in return is a sublime substitution. A good deal, after all.
Basje Boer (1980) is a writer of short stories, essays and poetry. In 2006 a collection of her short stories was published. She also initiated and contributed to several self-publications combining art and poetry. At the moment she’s working on her first novel, which is due in 2015. (Tex Basje Boer)

 

Friday 14 March 2014, 8 – 10 pm: It Has Begun, Sander Uitdehaag and guests

Join us for an evening on methods and word play in the work of four artists, on the occasion of the launch of:

Het is begonnen (It Has Begun) by Sander Uitdehaag, published by the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice of the Royal Academy The Hague

-Introduction by Janneke Wesseling, head of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice and art critic

-Contributions by Paul Bogaers, Mercedes Azpilicueta and Ohad Ben Shimon


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To write: to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive; to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs.

- Georges Perec in Species of Spaces

Sander Uitdehaag’s publication Het is begonnen (It Has Begun) is a collection of 11 separate texts, each one a possible beginning to the text that is the sum of these 11 beginnings.

Het is begonnen is inspired by the work of writer Georges Perec. His many novels and stories are extremely different in style and genre, but all of them are examples of constrained writing: Perec is bound by a self-inflicted condition that forbids him things or imposes a pattern.

Among many other works, artist Paul Bogaers is the author of the collage novel Onderlangs (Down Below), a book entirely composed of found sentences, gathered together from a great variety of books. Bogaers will discuss the process of this work and the importance of the constraint in regard to form, content and length of the project.

Passing through the corridors of their private idiom, artists and writers Mercedes Azpilicueta and Ohad Ben Shimon will perform What begins and ends within our own edges, a work swirling around the glycerine currents of their shared snow-globe.

Saturday 15 February 2014: Print Takeaway Unlimited, Nadine Stijns and Helmut Smits

As the Chinese New Year celebrations end with the Lantern Festival, we invite you to join us for the book presentations and exhibition opening of Nadine Stijns and Helmut Smits.

Print Takeaway Unlimited

Saturday 15 February 2014, 5 – 8 pm at PrintRoom
The exhibtion runs until 19 March

- Nadine Stijns: Floating Population, published by FW:
- Helmut Smits: Ideas and Thoughts, published by Onomatopee

Especially for this event we’ll have a one-day only un-limited edition print sale by Nadine Stijns and Helmut Smits.

Choose your favourite number from the menu and for only 25 euro’s you’ll become the happy owner of an almost unique Nadine-Stijns-Floating-Population-Inkjet-Print, printed live, at the scene, just for you.

Helmut Smits will RISO-print on demand an A3 poster based on one of the drawings in his book. Take it away for 25 euro – on 15 February only.


Floating Population
In the early 1980s, upon the opening up of China’s economy under Deng Xiaoping, farmers left their hometowns seeking work in China’s developing cities as a response to the resulting agricultural reforms. These people from China’s vast rural areas are referred to as the ‘floating population’. By visually assembling photographs, video stills and photographed objects like textiles, rubber shoes, construction materials, a sock, piles of postcards and posters and more Nadine Stijns investigates this stream of migrant laborers. With texts by sinologist, journalist and writer Catherine Vuylsteke.

Ideas and Thoughts
The drawings in the small book Ideas and Thoughts by Helmut Smits function as sketches for works to be realised at the right time and the right place. In a direct, linear style they reveal sharp observations, visual puns and playful solutions for coping with our everyday surroundings. Helmut Smits’ work can vary from wall drawings, furniture and product design to conceptual sculptures and public installations. But no matter how big or small the project, it all starts with a small drawing in a book.